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Pakistani Prime Minister Khan suggests he may not accept a vote to oust him

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday suggested he might not accept a vote to oust him, a move he claimed was being orchestrated by the United States.

Opposition parties say Khan has failed to revive an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic or fulfilled promises to make his government more transparent and accountable, and has put forward a no-confidence motion to be voted on Sunday.

“How can I accept the result when the whole process is discredited?” Khan told a select group of foreign journalists at his office. “Democracy works on moral authority – what moral authority is left after this belief?”

“The move to oust me is a blatant interference in US domestic policy,” he said, describing it as an attempt at “regime change”.

Khan has already lost his parliamentary majority after key allies left his coalition government and joined the opposition.

A few hours before he spoke, the leader of the army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had said that Pakistan wanted to expand its relations with Washington.

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U.S. President Joe Biden has not called Khan since taking office, but the White House has denied that it is trying to overthrow him.

Bajwa told a security conference in Islamabad that “we share a long history of excellent and strategic relations with the United States, which remains our largest export market”.

He noted that Pakistan had long had close diplomatic and business relations with China, but added: “We seek to expand and expand our ties with both countries without affecting our relations with the other.”

The US Embassy in Islamabad did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan suggests he may not accept a vote to oust him

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